One of the reasons I love living is the Bay Area is its proximity to so many great wine regions – Sonoma, Napa, Santa Cruz Mountains to name a few. But I also dig that I don’t have to get in the car and drive for 60-90 minutes to get to some great wineries, and wine events. There are lots of urban wineries in the East Bay, and the Livermore Valley wine region is only about a 20 minute drive for me.
I was doing some planning for my birthday next weekend, August 10th-12th, and noticed there is a trio of great East Bay wine and food events on tap.
Friday – August 10th
Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda is going to be the place to be. On Friday evening from 5-9P, they are hosting Rock Wall Food Truck Frenzy (click here to find out more and buy tickets). Besides some great wines, Rockwall is a great venue for events. Check out what they say…
Rock Wall is located in a 40,000 sq. ft. airplane hangar on the former Alameda Naval Airbase and our winery and tasting room boasts spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline.
Some of the Bay Area’s best food trucks will be on hand to dish some great gourmet street food. A DJ will be dropping the beats, and of course there are the great Rockwall wines served by the glass! I’ve been to a couple of these. You will NOT leave hungry, and they’re big fun!
Saturday – August 11th
Rock Wall is the place to be again on Saturday for ZAP Grill-O-Rama, the quintessential Zinfandel and BBQ-a-palooza! (click here to find out more and buy tickets) hosted by The Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (“ZAP”).
This is the “Big Dog” of the three events! According to ZAP…
Attendees will discover the distinct flavors of Zinfandel from up and down California including the Bay Area, Lodi, Napa, Paso Robles, Sierra Foothills, and Sonoma: this is an opportunity to taste and compare 30 different Zinfandels from 9 growing regions. 4 savvy chefs—Chef Tyler Stone, Chef John Ledbetter of Bocanova, Chef Dawn Wofford of Sonoma Smokehouse and Chef Sophina Uong of Pican—will fire up the grills to create tantalizing tastes served alongside the wines. A “People’s Choice” award will be chosen by the attendees.
The weather forecast for next weekend is looking great, so look for the hangar doors to be open, with those fantabulous views in full-effect at Rock Wall! Of the 30 or so wineries on hand a few of my East Bay favorites, Dashe Cellars, JC Cellars and of course Rock Wall will be pouring their Zins. Hit me up in the comments if you’d like my recommendations from Lodi, Napa, and Paso…
Sunday – August 12th
And last, but not least there’s the Nile Canyon Railway Livermore Valley Wine Tasting Special (click here to find out more and buy tickets). It’s Livermore Valley’s version of the Napa Wine Train. You’ll learn about the historic Niles Canyon Railway, which has been rolling through Niles Canyon since 1869, and taste Livermore Valley wines paired with hors d’oeuvres.
It’s going to be a great weekend for wine and food events in the East Bay! Check ’em out!